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Wallbangers (VAW 117) Crew List

The table below contains the names of sailors who were assigned to the Wallbangers (VAW 117). Please keep in mind that this list does only include records of people who submitted their information for publication on this website. If you also served aboard and you remember one of the people below you can click on the name to send an email to the respective sailor. Would you like to have such a crew list on your website?

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There are 15 crew members registered for the Wallbangers (VAW 117).

NameRank/RatePeriodRemarks/Photo
Bariuan, Nestor Aka BingAMH21975 – 1975My squadron VAW-117 was attached to USS Independence but she was on NATO Cruise. I was flown from Norfolk, VA to Rota, Spain, then to Portsmouth, England & that’s when I came onboard.
Rivenbark, Bill/riffAMHANJun 1978 – Feb 1981Was on 2 West Pacs in 1978 and 1980.Remember the collision very well.Woke up from a dead sleep.I thought we had been hit by ordinance from another ship at first.I remember the section of the tanker sitting in the hangar
Dibiase, Corradino profile iconAK2Feb 15, 1979 – Sep 28, 1982Made 2 westpacs on USS Ranger CV-61 I was on the ship when we hit the Oil Tanker!
Eason, RobertAnSep 8, 1980 – Oct 1, 1981Rookie and Tex or anyone that remembers me feel free to contact me!
Dubuque, DonE3Aug 1, 1982 – Jan 1, 1984
Ferguson, John profile iconAT21984 – Jan 14, 198664C
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Searson, GregoryAEANNov 12, 1988 – Mar 17, 1991
Harris, MikeAE2Apr 1989 – Nov 1992
Parra, CharlesAT 4Oct 12, 1992 – Oct 13, 1995Sup Bangers! Purcell, Oswalt, Brent, Brett, Victorian, Salinas, Jivs, Gordy (Law), Hawaii wheres everyone at?
Borchik, KenAECDec 1992 – May 1994'93 WestPac onbd Abraham Lincoln... my first son was born during this tour. Great CPO Mess!
Jividen, DavidAE3May 1993 – Feb 22, 1997
Yusko, RobertAZ3Aug 18, 1993 – Dec 4, 1994
Pennywell, Michael (Penny)YN2Jan 1995 – May 1998My first tour in the Navy and a learning experience. I would have to say I learned a lot from YNCS Moore and probably the best mentor I have had and will have in my Naval career.
Butler, DanYN2(AW)Sep 1996 – Jul 1, 2000
Walker, DenisPR1(AW)1998 – 2000My final command and cruise before I retired in June of 2000

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